What Is The Bow South Expedition And What Are We Doing
What is the Bow South Expedition and what we are doing: The Bow South Expedition is a charity kayak paddle down the entire lower Colorado River. This year’s expedition is being held as a fundraiser for Break The Silence Against Domestic Violence. In the years 2014 to 2017 we began the expedition at Hoover Dam and followed the river 340 miles south to where the Colorado River abruptly ends at Morelos Dam on the U.S ./ Mexico border. During the 2018 expedition we paddled 410 miles from South Cove on Lake Mead to Morelos Dam. For the 2019 expedition we again started at South Cove and paddled all the way to 500 miles south and finished at the Gulf of California in Mexico.
For this year’s expedition we will again be starting at South Cove on Lake Mead, and this time we again aren’t stopping until we hit salt water. YES, we are going all the way to the Gulf of California, a full 500 miles!
Only a handful of people have ever been documented canoeing or kayaking the entire lower Colorado River in one long trip. Team members that are kayaking the entirety of this expedition will be paddling an average of 20+ miles a day, almost every day, for 4 weeks. Additionally, sections of the river flow through some remote areas, multiple land jurisdictions, and an ever shrinking river that adds to the challenges presented to our team members.
This expedition is entirely self-funded by our team members. We do not seek sponsors nor solicit donations for the purposes of funding the expedition itself. All money that is donated from individuals or companies are made directly to the benefitting charity via our fundraising webpage. Whether you make a flat donation of money or the amount is based on how many miles we paddle is entirely up to you. If you decide to base your donation on miles paddled then it’s the honor system if you decide to pledge a 25 cents, $1, or even $10 a mile.
WHERE & WHEN: On November 1, 2021, the Bow South team will be launching from South Cove on Lake Mead and paddling over 410 miles of the lower Colorado River south to Morales Dam on the United States / Mexico border around November 25. After we reach Morelos Dam we will be continuing on into Mexico while following as much of the historic Colorado River channel as much as possible. We should be arriving at the historic mouth of the Colorado River at the top of the Sea of Cortez around November 28. Some members of the team will have to end the trip early due to family or work obligations. Others will be joining the team along different sections of the river along the way.